Mr Edward Thomas Lockyer was born in Sandhurst, Kent, England on 3 November 1892.
He was the son of Frederick Lockyer (b. 1859) and Jane Masters (b. 1860). His father, a clock and gunsmith, also hailed from Sandhurst and it seems, a long line of watchmakers. He was married to Jane Masters, a native of the village of Northiam in Sussex, in Kent in 1879 and went on to produce fifteen children.
Edward's siblings were: Millicent Martha May (b. 1880), Frederick Charles (b. 1881), Ernest (b. 1883), Herbert John (b. 1884), William b. (1886), Annie (b. 1887), Frank b. (1889), Harry (b. 1890), Edith (b. 1895), Arthur (b. 1896), Ethel (b. 1898), Agnes (b. 1900), Mary (b. 1902) and Sydney James (b. 1904).
In the year prior to Edward's birth his family were listed on the 1891 census living at Angel Cottage, Sandhurst and when Edward first appeared, on the 1901 census, he was resident at the same address and his family would continue to live there, appearing on the 1911 census at that address. Edward was not listed with his family on the latter census and was recorded elsewhere boarding at Wilds Cottage Pound in East Peckham, Kent and he was described as an unmarried assistant grocer and draper. Prior to travelling on the Titanic he had lodgings at 57 Lyall Mews, London.
Edward boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 1222 which cost £7, 17s, 7d) and he was travelling to Ontario, Wayne County, New York where he would be reunited with a friend, Mr E. J. Robbins. During the voyage he became acquainted with a large group of similar-aged passengers who included Emily Badman, Sarah Roth, Edward Dorking, Thomas Theobald, and the Goldsmith family.
Edward Lockyer died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the Mackay Bennett (#153) and buried at sea on 24 April 1912:
NO. 153. - MALE. BROWN - HAIR.
CLOTHING - Blue jacket; grey vest; black pants; black boots.
EFFECTS - Scissors; keys; silver watch and chain; medal marked "F.S.S."; R.S.P.C.A. medal; glasses; two knives; 5 studs; 8s. in purse.
THIRD CLASS TICKET No. 1125.
NAME - EDWARD LOCKYER.
His father Frederick received his effects in July 1912.
His parents also received weekly financial support from the Mansion House Relief Fund and both remained living in Sandhurst. His father Frederick died in 1919 and his mother in 1937.